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A smarter Australia

Wednesday, 27 February 2013


ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerry Cox has welcomed a major new policy direction for Australian universities.

Universities Australia (UA) has released A Smarter Australia, a policy statement that recognises the central role of universities in Australia’s future prosperity.

A Smarter Australia calls on the university sector to work with government to establish a framework around four key themes:

  • Increasing the participation of Australians in universities;
  • Developing Australia’s globally engaged university sector;
  • A powerful research and innovation system that drives economic and social progress; and
  • Increasing investment, improving efficiency and reducing red tape.

Professor Cox said the policy closely aligned with ECU’s own aims.

“ECU supports this important initiative by UA. For ECU, as is the case for all Australian universities, without the appropriate investment, opportunities will be lost to improve the lives of Australians and other citizens of the world,” Professor Cox said.

“In a global knowledge economy the use of head power in its many forms, facilitated by the work of universities, is a great contributor to the creation of communities that are more productive, more prosperous, more inclusive, and more sustainable.”

For more information on A Smarter Australia, visit the Universities Australia website. More detail can also be found on the Vice-Chancellor's announcement.


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